Its Mens Health Month: Get screened for colorectal cancer (letter to the editor) –

June is Mens Health Month!

Men, did you know that you can prevent colorectal cancer? Colorectal cancer screening can find growths (polyps) that can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening can also find cancer early when treatment may work best.

Men are less likely to get screened for colorectal cancer. New York state data shows that about 69% of men ages 50 to 75 are up to date with screening, while 74% of women ages 50-75 are up to date. Men get colorectal cancer more often than women. They are also more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage of the disease and more likely to die from colorectal cancer. The Cancer Services Program (CSP) of Staten Island hopes men will use this information to take a positive step towards preventing colorectal cancer.

The CSP encourages men to call their health care provider and ask about colorectal cancer screening. Last year the national recommendation for screening for people at average risk for colorectal cancer was changed to start at age 45 instead of starting at age 50. People younger than age 45 should talk to their health care provider about their risk for colorectal cancer and when to start screening.

For men ages 45 and older without insurance, the CSP may be able to help. The CSP provides free colorectal cancer screening to people ages 45 and older living on Staten Island who qualify. Please contact the CSP at (718) 226-6447.

(Barbara OBrien, R.N., is the administrator of the Cancer Services Program of Staten Island.)

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